Pathology Handbook


Request Form 

Request on ICE or on Cytopathology request form


On request

Specimen transport

Specimens should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection.  Outside laboratory hours, specimens can be left in the post box outside the pathology reception on the first floor of the tower block


A full specimen of urine, preferably a mid-morning specimen, is required for cytology, which must be sent in one of the special cytology urine containers to which preservative has been added.  These can be obtained from the laboratory.

Please advise patients to ensure that the lids are firmly tightened to prevent leakage during transport to the laboratory.

When catheter specimens are sent, please ensure these are clearly labelled as such on the specimen container and request form.

Specimens should not be collected during the 14 days following cystoscopy.


Special urine cytology container:

Urine cyto bottle 

Turnround times

Reports are normally issued between 4-6 days of receipt.
Samples requiring extra work may take longer, please contact the lab for further information on delayed reports.